The Who: The Lads From The Peak of The British Invasion Era

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Growing up in the 60s as the drummer of a band that was starting to surface in the pop culture and mainstream stardom, it was hard to break free from the ‘sex-drugs-and-rock n roll pandemonium that instantly shackles rock bands till this day. In similar respect, The Who took to the world a new born crazed back in 1967 amassing a firm and solid fan base for their music and notorious stage antics. The Who, who has been inducted as the 3rd most notable British band in the Rock and Roll history following The Rolling Stones and The Beetles, were the first ever band to destroy their equipments on stage that ultimately became their most prominent signature of their performances.

Keith Moon, God rest his soul, once drove his car through the glass doors of a hotel,
driving all the way up to the reception desk,
got out and asked for the key to his room – Pete Twonshend 

My Generation

My Generation - The Who was released on 3rd December 1965 in UK and in April 1966 in US

My Generation – The Who was released on 3rd December 1965 in UK and in April 1966 in US

1964 – The Who emerged around this time  with Roger Daltrey on vocals, Pete Townshend on guitars,  John Entwistle on bass and Keith Moon on drums. Today one of their most prominent milestone can be heard from TV’s popular crime scene chronicles, CSI: MIAMI theme song, Never Get Fooled Again.

Keith Moon auditioned for the drummers position and was immediately accepted thus he continued telling different version of how he initially started with ‘The Who’. Some of which are:

‘He claimed that he came to The Who’s gig dressed in ginger including his hair that was dyed ginger and bragged he could play better than the session drummer who filled in for Sandom claiming that he played until almost destroying the kits in the process’

‘He also told Paul McCartney of The Beatles when asked how he joined The Who that he has just been filling in for the band for the last 15 years and never really got an invitation to join the band officially’

1964 – While Sandom was the peacekeeper of the band, which was constantly getting into fights that was more notable between Pete and John, the structure changed after Keith as now they were fighting with each other almost all the time. Pete was particularly unhappy with the way Keith played the drums for not following the traditional time keeping later attested that Keith’s drumming style contributed to their discerning sounds. Critics continued labelling his drumming skills to be all over the place but throughout countless video clips of The Who during their hey day’s, it is almost clear that he purposely did to create a chaos within the music itself. The same chaos that gave the band the acceptance in the musical platform that they so richly deserved.

More Stories on Keith Moon here: He’s Keith Moon, What’s Your Super Power?.

Constantly described as an expressionist and attention grabber, Keith hated playing drum’s solo and during a show, Pete and John made an agreement to stop playing guitar and bass during one of the songs to allow the spotlight on Keith’s drum solos. The moment he realised that Pete and John, stopped playing, he too quit the drum’s succession, claiming that ‘drum solos were boring’ 

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Besides his extraordinary skills at drums, Keith loved to sing despite of his weak vocals. During recording of vocals, Moon got himself removed from the studio for attempting to offer funny commentaries during songs announcement and making the other members laugh while recording. But Moon being Moon always found a way back into the recording studio as heard at the end of ‘Happy Jack’ where Townshend says ‘I saw ya!’ when he saw Moon sneaking in. Moon eventually contributed on songs like; Bucket T, Barbara Ann,  Pictures of Lily and a more serious tone on Bell Boy.  Moon will continue contributing his vocals on many other songs and will be credited with endless recognition for being the main propeller in certain aspect of changing the direction of Who’s music in a distinctive and versatile manner. Some of his most talked about contributions are seen through songs like Baba O’Riley for producing a violin solo, the impact on ‘Tommy’s Holiday Inn’ which was achieved through action set in the backdrop of Holliday Inn as per Moon’s suggestion and ‘The Ox’ instrumental that he co-composed.

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Years later many would agree that even when all the individual members were emotional power play that supported ‘The Who’s’ structure, Moon was the soul of the band who kept them together despite of having the who banned from all principle hotel chains such as Holiday Inn, Sheraton and Hilton plus the entire city of Flint, Michigan. He aded a dramatic grit to the proceeding and was the fine line that kept the band from crossing to the monotonous land.

More pictures on The Who: The Who – The Milestone.

 

1964 – It has been reported that the whole ‘The Who’ stage antics started around this time during a performance at Railway Tavern where Pete Townshend accidentally broke his guitar. He proceeded in smashing his guitar out of frustration and Keith responded by kicking off his drum covers. What started out as a mere accident instantly captured fans interest who cited their infatuation for The Who’s knack for destruction. This will continue to become The Who’s would soon become The Who’s legendary imprint taking place on all their future shows. It has also been one of the staples of “50 Moments That Changed The History Of Rock n Roll’ by Rolling Stones.

A Quick One – 1966

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1966 – Keith Moon together with John Entwistle planned to leave The Who and form ‘Lead Zappelin’ together with

The Who Sell Out – 1967

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1967 – The Who embarked on their first ever US tour as a supporting act to the then main headliners Herman’s Hermitts.

– The Who appeared on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Show in 1967 and this would serve as their most defining moment of the show ultimately securing The Who number 10 ranking in the ‘100 Greatest Rock n Roll Moments On Television’. By this time, The Who were already famously known for the mild explosion in their shows through an explosive that was placed in Keith Moon’s drum kits to create a light pyrotechnic effect. Unbeknown to them, Keith Moon had bribed a stage staff to insert 10 times the usual amount of explosive into the kits and when Keith proceeded to detonate it, the explosion was so loud and intense that it injured Keith, set Pete’s hair on fire and affected his hearing (the beginning of Pete’s Tinnitus) with Tommy Smothers appearing shocked in the background. Watch clip, you will see Keith Moon lying flat on the floor.

Tommy – 1969

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1970 – Keith Moon accidentally ran over his driver, Neil Bolan while trying to escape the pursuit of a group of skinheads. It is said that for years, Keith has been plunged with depression for Bolan’s death and continued to blame himself over the tragedy.

Who’s Next – 1971

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Quodrophenia – 1973

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1973 – Keith Moon passed out during the ‘The Who’s’ show after taking a huge amount of horse tranquillisers and had to be removed from the stage. He however, was seen being brought back to perform 30 minutes after the event.

The Who By Numbers – 1975

1975 – The Who set the record for the highest crowd to turn up for an indoor concert at the Pontiac Silverdome

1975 – Keith Moon releases a solo album ‘Two Sides Of The Moon’, which was a critical failure. Being the greatest drummer of his time, he merely appeared in 3 tracks and rendered his vocals throughout the album. A defeating failure largely due to Keith Moon being tone-deaf.

1975 – The Who became one of the first bands to venture into film and based on their hit rock opera album, the film Tommy was released. Tommy won the award ‘Rock Movie Of The Year’ in the first annual of ‘Rock Music Award’. Pete Townshend was nominated for Oscar for his role in the music adaptation and the movie’s soundtrack became a commercial success peaking at number two on the Billboards Award.

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1976 – The Who played at The Valley, Charlton Athletic, which was recorded as The World’s Loudest Concert for more then 10 years in Guinness Book Of Records. It is believed that the impact of the concert furthered instigated Pete Townshend’s hearing problems.

Who Are You – 1978

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1978 – The Who released their most critical album to date, which became the fastest selling album in US and the most successful milestone from The Who’s hefty catalog. It is said during this time, Keith Moon has put up a lot of weight from all the heavy drinking he did that he had to be squeezed behind a chair  just so his bulge won’t show for the cover shot. The album was released on the 18 of August and went on to receive endless awards in the wake of Keith’s passing.

1978 – Keith Moon died from an overdose on the 7th of September a few hours after attending a viewing party organised by Beatle’s Paul McCartney. The party ‘The Buddy Holly Story’ was in honour of another rock star who unfortunately passed away at the peak of his career at the tender age of 22 when the small aircraft he chartered crashed on the 2nd February in the face of a snowstorm. Buddy Holly who had 3 albums to his musical career was found with the rest of the passengers on the next day after the snowstorm has weathered. Keith Moon overdosed on a prescribed medication that was supplied to help alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

– At the time of his death, Keith Moon seems to have sobered up for about 6 months and was making a full effort of recovery and was focusing on his new job as the publicist of Shepperton Studios that belonged to the band.

Quite eerily so, the cover of the chair that Moon is sitting on read: Never To Be Taken Away and he passed away in less than 3 weeks after the album was released. 

1979 – The Who returned to the stage in May after taking some time off following Keith’s death and their return was well-received by the fans with Rainbow Theatre, London marking the first venue of a series of concerts to follow.

1979 – Following Keith Moon’s death, Pete Townshend invited Kenney Jones to join The Who and replace Moon on the drums partly because Jones was also one of Moon’s friend and was with him on the night before his death at Paul McCartney’s The Buddy Holly Story viewing party.

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-The Who’s second movie Quadrophenia was released in 1979. It is reported that Sex Pistol’s vocalist John Lydon famously known as Johnny Rotten auditioned for a part in the film but did not manage to secure a part.

– In the same year, ‘The Kids Are Alright’ documentary was released capturing The Who’s signifying moments together with their final performance with Keith Moon.

-Later that year, The Who appeared on the ‘Time’s’ cover making them the 3rd band to formally do so. As stated in The Time Magazine December 1979 issue, cover story by  Jay Cocks:

Time enough, in 15 years, for three new generations and a dozen new audiences.
The Who has outpaced them all.
Time enough for a bewilderment of pop styles to flare, settle, burn out.
The Who has outlasted them all.
Too much time for most rock bands to survive.
The Who, in every sense of the word, has outlived them all, and outclassed them too

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The Who On The Cover Of Time's Magazine 1979

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1979 – During a tour in Ohio in 1979, a crowd crush killed 11 people and injuring 26 others who went to the concert to catch ‘The Who’s’ performance. The crowd mistook the band’s soundcheck as the initiation of the show and started to rush through a half closed door to the venue. It is believed that the whole commotion was due to the free seating concept and the efforts to get as close to the stage due to the arrangement ended in tragedy. The band members were not told about the incident until they had finished performing.  A detailed description are available in this clip:

The Who were deeply shaken upon learning about the incident and in the following evening as they set to perform to a crowd in Buffalo, New York, Roger Daltrey went on to quote:

‘The band lost a lot of family last night and this show is for them’

The tragedy left a huge blow on the band members who felt partly responsible for the death of 11 kids that were around the age of 15 to 27. The families of the victims proceeded in suing the band, the concert promoters Electric Factory Concerts and the city of Cincinnati. The legal issues were settled in 1983 and the city continued to post a 25 years ban on festival seatings with some exception which was dismissed in …

The concert was recorded as one of the deadliest concert disaster in American History at the time and no memorial was ever erected for the victims.

The Cincinnati tragedy also inspired the book: Are The Kid’s Alright? The Rock Generation and its Hidden Death Wishes.

1980 – The Who’s third film,  McVicar was released

Face Dancers – 1981

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It’s Hard – 1982

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Around 1980 circa to 1982, the band was going through immense pressure as Townshend marriage fell apart and he ventured into the web of addiction by taking cocaine and heroin. Once a huge protestor of drugs and a self-righteous man, his newly found habits shocked not only the world but also his band members. While the band released two equally successful albums within the frame of 2 years with hits that ranked high on prominent charts, many of their fans expressed dissatisfaction towards the band’s new sound.

1982 – Townshend eventually pulled himself together and embarked on The Who’s farewell tour to US and Canada. The tour marked as The Who’s highest grossing ever and the band played to sold out crowds.

1983 – Townshend spent time writing new material for the band but found himself unable to so he departed from The Who wishing the rest of the members best of luck. He then started writing his own materials and become the founder of radio work, Firehouse.

1988 – The Who were awarded with British Phonographic Industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1988 Brits Award held at Royal Albert Hall, London.

1989 – The Who embarked on ‘The Kid’s Are Alright 25th Anniversary Reunion Tour’. 100,000 thousand were released for their two shows at Massachusetts and the tickets sold out 8 hours from the time of its released beating previous record set by U2 and David Bowie. Their whole tour was sold out selling over 2 million tickets.

1990 – The Who were inducted in the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame describing them as the prime contenders for the title ‘Worl’d Greatest Rock Band’

 1996 – Revival of Quadrophenia

1998 – VH1 honoured The Who with number 9 spot for 100 Greatest Artists of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

2002 – The band performed at the Madison Square Garden. The concert was dedicated to families of rescuers who lost their lives at the World Trade Centre in the September 11 catastrophe.

– The Who were honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in the same year.

2002 – The show The Who played in England that year would mark as the band’s bassist, John Entwistle’s few final shows. He was found dead in his room at the Hard Rock Hotel on the 27 June 2002. Entwistle died from an apparent heart attack believed to be attributed by Cocaine.

Books written on and by the members of The Who (selected numbers only)

WHO AM I by PETE TOWNSHEND

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Pete Townshend is the legendary lead guitarist and principal songwriter for The Who, one of the most influential rock-and-roll bands of all time. He is one of Rolling Stone‘s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Roger Daltrey: The Biography by Stafford Hildred and Tim Ewbank

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Tim Ewbank is an entertainment writer and former TV correspondent for the Daily Mail. Stafford Hildred is a television critic and entertainment writer. They are the coauthors of Jamie Oliver, Rod Stewart: The New Biography, and Russell Crowe: The Biography.

Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of THE WHO 1958-1978 by Andrew Neill, Roger Daltrey, Matthew Kent and Chris Stamp

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 The book begins in the late ’50s, when the band’s musicians began playing together in “trad jazz” bands, and continues to the phenomenal success of their groundbreaking rock opera Tommy and subsequent emergence as one of the world’s most popular acts, filling stadiums on both sides of the Atlantic. Neill and Kent wisely wrap things up with the death of drummer Keith Moon in 1978. Many feel the band should have done the same thing, but it continues performing to huge crowds of loyal fans who will appreciate this painstaking chronicle.

Full Moon: The Amazing Rock and Roll Life of the Late Keith Moon by Peter Dougal Butler

“Full Moon” is Butler’s memoir of that ride: essential reading for Who fans, and a masterclass in the mayhem caused by rock ‘n’ roll excess.

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“Full Moon” is Butler’s memoir of that ride: essential reading for Who fans, and a masterclass in the mayhem caused by rock ‘n’ roll excess.

Bass Culture: The John Entwistle Guitar Collection

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This beautiful full-color coffee table book highlights dozens of basses and guitars from the private collection of the Who s John Entwhistle. Includes many historic and limited-run instruments.

THE WHO by MARCUS HEAM

 

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Marcus Hearn is the acclaimed author of Titan’s Hammer Vault, The Art of Hammer and Hammer Glamour. His other books include authorised biographies of filmmakers George Lucas and Gerry Anderson, and Eight Days a Week, the story of The Beatles’ final world tour.

The Life And Death Of A Rock Legend – Tony Fletcher

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Tony Fletcher is the author of seven non-fiction books and one novel. His biography of drummer Keith Moon has been named in many a Best Music Book list, and his biography of R.E.M., updated in 2013 as ‘Perfect Circle,’ has been published in over half a dozen countries. ‘A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths’ was published in the UK by William Heinemann in September 2012, and by Crown Archetype in the USA in December 2012, with paperback editions following in the corresponding months of 2013. A memoir of his South London schooldays, ‘Boy About Town,’ was published in the UK by William Heinemann in July 2013, and is available in the USA as of September 2013.

He’s Keith Moon, What’s Your Super Power?

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Had he not died on the 7 September 1978, Keith Moon, the (in)famous drummer of the British band, The Who would have turned 67 this year following his birthday last month (August 23). Today we hit the 35 years memorial of his untimely departure at the age of 32 but Keith Moon’s exceptional charisma and influence on the music industry has marked a new creative high and remains high on the agenda.

One of the most playful and eccentric of the post-Beatles ‘British Invasion’ acts, Moon is arguably one of the best drummers in the world and the man who liberally spiked ‘The Who’s’ fleeting melodies with his incredible speed and effervescent flair that made the sounds of his drums clash and echo to a soaring psychedelic conclusion. Never before had drums played a similar part as bass and guitar the way it did during Keith Moon and The Who’s era. He relentlessly placed drums at the forefront of music circa.

There was something about Keith Moon that totally segregated those who got it and those who didn’t. His fans cited his extensive and self-imposed benchmark as one of the finest in the rock history while his detractors took his whole charisma as sloppy, nonsensical antics and a self-imposed rockstar image selfishly stroking his ego under the spectacles of his audience. While there has been clashes of opinions and doubt on Moon’s ability in keeping up with time and inability to follow the tempo, the rumours has largely been dismissed by fellow band member and lead vocalist, Roger Daltrey. Daltrey has sticked his guns in Moon’s honour to ensure that the man behind ‘Who’s’ drums intention and reflexes not to be misconceived.

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Daltrey in defence of Moon has clearly stated:

This was somebody without whom we might still be listening to drummers going ‘boom-cha, boom-cha.

 

Keith in 2013 is remembered as one of rock music progenitors but there’s no denying that his wild eccentric behaviour and legendary tales of blowing up toilets and driving Roll Royce’s into the Hotel’s swimming pool has also contributed to his long-lived legacy and has been a constant debate of the recent century. Due to that we track back Moon’s escapade and brings to light his best and funniest ventures as we introduce you to the man who through his gravity, ferocity and rock star charms stood behind every single word with everything he had. Keith Moon’s raw efforts and skills will and could never be replicated and here is the story of a man who was play-hard and party-hardcore apprentice.

From the tales of ‘The Hollywood Vampires’ a club that was adorned by the 60s demigod’s such as Alice Cooper, Bernie Taupin, Harry Nilsson, Micky Dolenz, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Keith Moon straight to the bottom of 5-star hotel’s expensive swimming pool’s, Keith Moon has proved that 60s was one hellavu ferocious and wild era. Particularly to ‘The Who’ members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and the late John Entwistle who throughout their time were one of the biggest band in rock history, playing to sold out concerts,  and were and still are one of Rock music’s exceptional treasures – even at the peak of their stardom were forced to sleep in tour vans and friend’s houses after being thrown out of hotels has kept their love and faithful honour deep in the heart for the exuberant drummer. For all we have seen and known, we would damn straight quote that you will never find another effort as sublime as this in this contemporary history.

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Keith Moon has thrashed hotel rooms, blown up toilets, set buildings on fire and more during his heydays and managed to make the whole band members to be blacklisted from prestigious hotel chains such as Holiday Inn, Hilton and more. Myth has it that they were also banned from ever entering the city of Michigan again. Keith Moon’s image has been largely popularised as a man who was constantly battling with his inner demons and the war became worst with the usage of drugs and excessive alcohol intake. Moon passed away in his sleep on 7 Sept 1978 at the age of 32 after returning from a viewing party for ‘The Buddy Holly Story’ – a party hosted by The Beatles’s band member, Sir Paul McCartney. Keith Moon is believed to have died in his sleep from prescription medicine overdose. Stories has been told that 6 months prior to his passing, he had actually sought help and had cleaned up his act. Even when he was removed from an aircraft for pulling one of his infamous stunt, some would say it was nothing compared to what he could do or have done at that time.

We remember Keith Moon for giving us some of Rock n Roll’s greatest memories be it in through the ways he savaged his drum kits or his endless enthusiasm in blowing up hotel toilet’s with cherry bombs. He will be missed even by those who never truly lived throughout his era, but for a man of his calibre he is better sooted for creating anarchy in heaven. We smile sometimes thinking how he is giving God headaches with his endless running around blowing up castles in heaven. Rest In Peace, mate. There’ll never be another Keith Moon, never.

Full story of The Who, Year by Year Events, Albums and more here:  The Who: The Lads From The Peak of The British Invasion Era.

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(Above) The young guns (clockwise) KEITH MOON (DRUMS), JOHN ENTWISTLE (BASS), ROGER DALTREY (VOCALS) and in the front PETE TOWNSHEND (GUITAR)

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As per 2013 the remaining members of the original WHO would be Pete Townshend (far left) and Roger Daltrey (beside Pete). Drummer Keith Moon passed away in 1978 at the age of 32 followed by bassist John Entwistle in 2002 at the age of 57.

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FLINT TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN — IT WAS ONE SWIM THE CITY WOULD REMEMBER & A BIRTHDAY BASH OF A MAN WHO WAS 19 GOING ON 20 GOING ON 21

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In August 1967, the band arrived in Holliday Inn, Flint, Michigan to a ‘Happy Birthday Keith‘ sign erected by the hotel management in line with his 21st birthday. Truth is he was turning 20 that year as recalled by the late Who basisst, Enstwistle. Keith was excited at the prospect that he could drink because he was celebrating his 21st birthday and drink he did. The photo above was taken when Keith was quite drunk.

After performing at the Atwood High School Football Stadium, Keith returned to the hotel and started a food fight. Within seconds, cake started to fly around and the evening cultivated to an already very drunk Keith knocking out his front tooth. He was brought to a nearby hospital but doctors could not give him anaesthetic due to his plastered condition so they took out the remaining tooth without the aid of any medication. The wildest birthday bash in the American history ended up with fire extinguishers being set off, hotel properties and guests’  floating in the pool and a grand piano destroyed in the process. Hence, even the police had to draw out their handguns to put an end to the chaos.

It was during this time that a very drunk Moon striped down to his underpants and released the brakes on a parked Lincoln Continental and drove it straight into the hotel’s pool with him inside. Following the incident, The Who were banned from all Holliday Inn properties for life and had to pay for damages that amounted to $24,000 or $50,00 as legend has it.

From an interview with ‘Rolling Stones’ 1972, this is how Keith recalls the wild moment:

I ran out, jumped into the first car I came to, which was a brand new Lincoln Continental. It was parked on a slight hill and when I took the hand brake off, it started to roll and it smashed straight through this pool fence and the ‘Ole Lincoln Continental went into the ‘Oliday Inn swimming pool, with me in it. Ah-Ah-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha!

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I’m banned everywhere. With my record I’m not surprised. That’s why I have to buy me own hotels. Even I ban me. I won’t allow me-self to stay at me own hotels. Ha-ha-ha-ha.

Dougal Butler once quoted that as he was driving Moon to the airport, Moon asked him to turn around and drive back to the hotel because he forgot something. Upon arriving at the hotel, he ran to his room, took the hotel’s TV and threw it out of his window into the swimming pool. He got back into the car and sigh ‘I almost forgot’

In a December 1972 Rolling Stones Interview, Keith replied on his hotel room destruction myth:

Lots. Yes. I get bored, you see. There was a time in Saskatoon, in Canada. It was another Holiday Inn and I was bored. Now, when I get bored, I rebel. I said, “Fuck it, fuck the lot of ya!” And I took out me hatchet and chopped the hotel room to bits. The television. The chairs. The dresser. The cupboard doors. The bed. The lot of it. It happens all the time.

 

THE SMOTHERS BROTHER COMEDY SHOW: MY NAME IS KEITH BUT YOU CAN CALL ME JOHN

The Who appeared on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Show in 1967 and this would serve as the most defining moment of the show ultimately securing Who’s number 10 ranking in the ‘100 Greatest Rock n Roll Moments On Television’. By this time, The Who were already famously known for the mild explosion in their shows through an explosive that was placed in Keith Moon’s drum kits to create a light pyrotechnic effect. Unbeknown to them, Keith Moon had bribed a stage staff to insert 10 times the usual amount of explosive into the kits and when Keith proceeded to detonate it, the explosion was so loud and intense that it injured Keith, set Pete’s hair on fire and affected his hearing (the beginning of Pete’s Tinnitus) with Tommy Smothers appearing shocked in the background. Watch the clip, you will see Keith Moon lying flat on the floor after the explosion and Townshend hair engulfed with smoke.

THE LONGEST ‘FILL IN’ DRUMMER IN THE WORLD

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Keith was a high school drop out who became a rock star god too early in his life as the Who started to gain mainstream popularity and megastar stardom. He managed to provide quite an impact on the rest of WHO’s member when he took the drums in his ginger hair and ginger clothes to show off his skills at one of  WHO’s gigs. He was immediately accepted as the drummer of the band. Quite funnily so, when asked by BEATLE’s Ringo Star how he managed to drum with the WHO, he replied that he was just filling in for the drummers position for the last 15 years. He was quite the story teller.

Even when Moon was known to own a few fancy and expensive cars, stories has been told that he drove a tractor to all the local bars where he used to drink.

ARE THE KIDS ALRIGHT MATE? – KEITH MOON K-HOLES!

Keith Moon passes out on stage on his drums at one of  WHO’s concert after taking a whole lot of horse tranquillisers.

RIPLEY’S CANT BELIVE IT: ELVIS MAY HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING BUT KEITH MOON IS JUST ABOUT TO MAKE AN ENTRANCE – THROUGH THE CEILING 

If there was one man in the industry who knew how to make a grand entrance, it got to be Keith Moon. While the band members of Who waited for Moon to start their performance at the VAlley, London, witness recalls that suddenly there was a loud crash and bang! – Keith Moon had just dropped from the ceiling smashing his way through a pointed and barbed iron roof to land himself  flat on the stage. No one could ever replicate that! No one!

ROCK N ROLL’S PREMIER HELL RAISER

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On one occasion, The Who guitarist, Pete Townshend came back to the hotel room to find that the toilet has disappeared with just an S band left  to proof that once-upon-a-time, there was a toilet in that place before Keith Moon came along. Moon blew the toilet using 500 cherry bombs.

 And of course from that moment on, we got thrown out of every hotel we ever stayed in’ recalled Townshend

NUDE MOON MOON-WALKING, SAYS’S MICK JAGGER’S WIFE 

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On the night of Mick Jagger’s (Rolling Stones) and Bianca’s wedding reception, Bianca retired early to their room only to wake up hours later and find Keith Moon roaming through her sixth-floor window wearing nothing but a pair of novelty glasses whose eyeballs bounced around in front of him on springs while spotting a pair of women’s brief on his head.

THE KEITH AND GIN STORY

The late Graham Chapman recalls meeting Keith Moon at his hotel suite. Chapman was a gin drinker and there was no gin in the room so Moon called the front desk and requested for a bottle of Gin to be brought up to the room for his friend. After 15 minutes, the gin still hadn’t arrive and Keith once again called the front desk and said, If the gin does not arrive in another 10 minutes, the TV will arrive in the swimming pool. About 10 minutes after that Chapman noticed that Keith has gone missing and the window of the room was wide open. He went to the window to see if Keith had  jumped out but there was nothing below the 13 or 14th floor window. There was a tiny balcony outside but not the kind that someone would be lounging at. He proceeded to wait for Moon as panic started to settle in. A moment later, Moon climbs down from the window holding a gin bottle in his hand. He had just broken into the room next door to grab a gin for his friend. Such an amusing character and such a good friend he was.

KEITH MOON: ‘ANG’ ON, MATE, I CAN’T GO FAST ON THESE LEGS’

Keith goes on telling Rolling Stone in a 1972 interview that he was late for an interview that was scheduled at 3 and it was only at 4 that he started out. Knowing that the band members would be angry at him, he called them and said that he’d been run over a bus on Oxford Street. He then bought some bandages and walking sticks and came limping to the office and while they all agreed to cancel the interview, Moon persisted that they should carry on.

So they carried me down the stairs and we’re walking along, I’m hobbling along the street again and this bloody lorry comes along as I’m crossing the street and it screams to a halt in front of me. I say, “‘ang on, mate, I can’t go fast on these legs,” and Pete has a go at the lorry driver: “You ‘eart-less bastard, can’t you see this man’s injured! ‘ave you no ‘eart, ‘ave you no soul, you bastard! Trying to run over a cripple!”

 

ALICE COOPER: MY 18-YEARS-OLD WIFE AND MY FRENCH MAID – KEITH

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According to Alice Cooper, he has just recently got married to his wife when Keith Moon came over to his house. Keith Moon proceeded to stay at the newly wed still in the honey moon period couple’s house  for a week. One day, Cooper and his 18-years-old wife came back home to find Keith wearing a French maid corset and dusting Cooper’s place while trying to imitate a French ascent.

KEITH AND BUTLER GOES TO PACIFIC OCEAN ON A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE

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Peter Dougal Butler was Keith’s PA and one who was always with him even through his rabid stunts. Butler recalls going to a 21st birthday party of a well known family in America -a party to celebrated their sons birthday. It was crazy party because they had hot air balloons and coke flying around and going around one table to another. The next thing we know, Keith and I ended up in one of the hot balloon’s floating somewhere in the mid of the dark Pacific Ocean.

KEITH MOON ACCEPTING AN  AWARD ON BEHALF OF THE BEATLES

‘We finally made it Keith and that everyone who has given us this prestigious award is enhanced by the beauty of your receiving it for us’ – Keith Moon

KEITH MOON AND HIS NEW FRIEND, MISS GLUE 

Keith Moon’s hotel stories are pretty timeless, from blowing up to thrashing, Keith has used his imaginary interior designing degree to a good use. But things were about to change because he just discovered the power of glue. He was once again asked to leave the hotel when the manager arrived to his room only to find that Keith Moon has glued and plastered all the furnitures to the ceiling. Ripley’s believe or not? You better believe it.

THE QUEEN OF MOON  VS KEITH ADOLF MOON HITELR WHO 

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Being the expressionist that he was, Keith often rented suits and would wear it all day even when he went out. Alice Cooper remembers him wearing a French maid corset, Adolf’s Kampfzeit uniform and The Queen Of England’s gowns or dresses. Butler later noted that Keith rented a police man suit complete with a handgun, which he planned to wear during The Who’s gig later that night. But both of them got caught by a security at the hotel who insisted Keith to take the uniform off. He however manage to get to the show and the whole uniform thing was a hit.

HOLE IN THE HOTEL ROOM : KEITH MOON OR RATS? 

Alice Cooper recalls that one night Keith wanted to borrow Pete Townshend’s record player but he didn’t want to wake him up because it was late. Even when Townshend was staying in the next room, Moon proceeded in making a hole on the wall and entered Townshend’s room and as he came back, he sigh ‘I got the wrong one’. The hotel manager arrived at the room and was astonished to see a hole had been cut through to the next room. He asked Moon, what was that? Moon replied, ‘Oh, Rats, huge rats’. He told the hotel manager that he wasn’t going to pay his bills till they catch the rats. The hotel manager told Moon that he had to pay for the damages and Moon asked how much would that be? Upon hearing the figure he said; with that kind of money, might as well destroy the whole room. He even invited the manager to help him in breaking the furnitures, which the manager did.

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WHO ARE YOU KEITH MOON?

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Moon died weeks after the album ‘Who Are You’ was released. Quite eerily so, the cover of the chair that Moon is sitting on reads: Never To Be Taken Away and he passed away in less than 3 weeks after the album was released.

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REMEMBERING KEITH MOON

Keith Moon, God rest his soul, once drove his car through the glass doors of a hotel, driving all the way up to the reception desk, got out and asked for the key to his room.” – Pete Townshend

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I’m am not here to talk about all the things that Keith did during his time, I am here to talk about the man I have loved – Ringo Star, The Beatles

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“John (Bonham) had been so impressed when he saw The Who’s drummer, a young Keith Moon, for the first time on TV, that he began to experiment with fashion.” – Mick Bonham, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin’s brother. 


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KEITH MOON’S QUOTES

At heart I cannot accept that I am a well-known rock ‘n’ roll star and one of the greatest drummers in the world. I can’t believe that person on the television is really me. The Keith Moon the public knows is a myth, even if I have created him. The real me is the person who sits at home having a cup of tea with his old lady, Annette. 

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The hotel smashing is one way I get relief from the public image. I have no temper. I do it in a spirit of amusement  rather than anger. When I’ve done damage to a friend’s house I come back sheepishly the next day and offer to put things right, which means I’m willing to foot the bill.

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You know, if I ever stopped laughing inside and quit believing in people then I would get very hurt and totally disillusioned. You have to treat everything – even if at that time it seems like a right bummer – as a good experience. There are things that have happened to me that have made me wonder where I went wrong . . . things of a personal nature, like my relationship with my wife. They’re the things that make you think most, because one is far more deeply involved.

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I love to see people laugh and I love it more if I can make them laugh. I think this comes across in my drumming. I watch a lot of The Marx Brothers’ movies and they were doing the same sort of things. You’ve seen the way Chico Marx plays the piano with that certain flair . . . adding something to the music while taking liberties within his own capabilities? It’s a question of taking somebody else’s music but not sending it up in a derogative sense, just injecting your own personality. Pete’s music allows me to do this.

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Rock music has given us some of the best memories to cherish and the Hard Rock God’s brought their influences in enhancing music through time with a sense of credibility and diversity. Elvis Presley will always be the most exceptional son of Rock n Roll, he created a base for the rest to ride on and opened the doors for the Balck community to soar to spectacular heights. The British Invasion saw The Beatles changing the face of music further and the resurgence of the MOD era. The Beatles bridged the gap between the Brits and Americans and never has two cultures collided the way they did back in the 60s. This eventually opened the doors for bands like Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin just to mention a few to pursue music in the typical Rock n Roll fashion with an endless string of the British influences and richness.

Led Zeppelin is the second best selling recording acts of all time and Bonham is the greatest drummer of all time. The Brits opened the doors for the rest of us to experience music like never before and for all we know they’ve been doing just that for as long as time. The Who came barging in and sold millions of tickets within hours of release and this kinda things are rare in modern times.

Keith Moon placed drums at the forefront of the band and made them as equally important as the rest of the musical elements that was needed in creating hits after hits. Regardless of being thrown out of hotels and sleeping in vans because of their eccentric drummer’s niche for blowing up everything that came between his path, never again will you see band members sticking up their guns just to ensure we cherish Moon’s memories as part of this generation’s biggest influence of modern day rock. They may have carried on after Keith Moon’s death but never once hoped to replace Keith’s memories with anyone else and never did. They still talk fondly about Keith and don’t normally pick on his infra structural drugs abuse or drinking problems. This was the sight and sounds of The Who, a band who at their times were the biggest name in rock history and music mercenaries that will never be replicated.

You love a man not because how he has portrayed himself on the outward corners of his life. You love a man for what he was in the deepest corner of his heart. Despite the self-destructive and self-imposed behaviour, he was one of the most talented chap who unfortunately like most drummers souls was overly excited, too young to know or care, too much happened too soon and the childish manoeuvres took the best out of him every single hour of every single day of his life. He is loved and remembered at how he savaged his drum kits and how insanely he beat them to dust in creating an emotional path between hearts and souls of a man that had two sides to him.

We remember him for his notoriety in playing the drums like no one could and no one will. Below Townshend and Daltrey ‘toks about Moon wusz a pio genius’ and shows off Moon’s drumming skills: